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Vlieger's pin powers Storm to dramatic win over Buena Vista

Senior 285-pounder Colby Vlieger
Senior 285-pounder Colby Vlieger

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Colby Vlieger pinned Anthony Ossman in the final match and the Simpson wrestling team beat Buena Vista in dramatic fashion, 23-21 on Friday night inside the Kent Campus Center.

The Storm (6-8, 2-5 Iowa Conference) didn't take the lead until the final whistle blew, trailing 21-17 going into Vlieger's match at 285 pounds. Simpson was down 18-8 with four matches to go, getting two technical falls to give Vlieger a chance.

RJ Brown got a 21-5 technical fall over Kevin Pape at 174 and Noah Robinson beat Lavaris Preston 15-0 at 184. Sam Mathis lost a narrow 5-4 decision at 197, leaving Simpson trailing by four. The Storm were deducted one team point earlier in the dual.

Needing a bonus-point win to earn at least a tie, Vlieger got a takedown almost immediately. He finally got Ossman on his back a little over 2 minutes in and stuck the pin at 2:13, sending the crowd inside the Black Box Theater into a frenzy. 

Simpson finished with three technical falls, getting the first from Jason Kiehne at 141. Kiehne beat Carson Rhoads 18-1, extending his winning streak to seven and moving his overall record to 18-8.

Jason Clark picked up a crucial decision at 157, getting an escape in the final 15 seconds to beat Brad Kerkhoff 6-4.

Simpson closes the dual season when it hosts Central on Thursday, Feb. 9. The dual will take place at Hopper Gymnasium. Start time is set for 7 p.m. 

125—Ernesto Garcia (BVU) dec. Jacob Irwin, 7-3
133—Riley Altenburg (BVU wins by forfeit
141—Jason Kiehne (SIM) tech. fall Carson Rhoads, 18-1 (6:56)
149—Shane Vaughan (BVU) pins Anthony Derrick, 4:08
157—Jason Clark (SIM) dec. Brad Kerkhoff, 6-4
165—Andrew Nelson (BVU) dec. Jake Mize, 5-2
174—RJ Brown (SIM) tech. fall Kevin Pape, 21-5 (6:07)
184—Noah Robinson (SIM) tech. fall Lavaris Preston, 15-0 (7:00)
197—Tyler Pulls (BVU) dec. Sam Mathis, 5-4
285—Colby Vlieger (SIM) pins Anthony Ossman, 2:13 

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